Billy’s Rockin-N-Rollin Pumpkin

Billy’s Rockin-N-Rollin Pumpkin • Primo & Primal. A funny thing happened on the way to making trusty steadfast but oh so square Pumpkin bread. Bill Haley’s "Rock Around the Clock" came on the radio and we said "Self, that’s some mighty fine Rockin-N-Rollin, who wants square bread when you can make a round, lively, bouncy dessert which rocks and rolls."


Ingredients & Shopping List
Cake
– 3 eggs
– 1 cup of sugar
– 2/3 cup of pumpkin
– 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
– ¾ cup all purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder
– 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon of ginger
– ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
– ½ teaspoon of salt
– 1 cup chopped pecans

Filling
– 8 ounces of organic cream cheese, softened
– 4 tablespoons of butter
– 1 cup of powdered sugar
– ½ teaspoon of vanilla


Instructions & Process
Cake
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees
• In large bowl, combine eggs and sugar, beating by hand until thick and light yellow in color
• Add pumpkin and lemon juice, mixing until well blended
• In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, spices, and salt
• Add to egg mixture, mixing well.
• Prepare a 10×15 jelly roll pan, butter the pan, then line with parchment paper and butter the parchment paper, spread the batter and sprinkle the pecans on top.
• Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes
• Remove from oven and place the cake, pecans side down, on clean tea towel that has been sprinkled liberally with powdered sugar.
• Roll cake in towel let it completely cool in fridge

Filling
• In a mixer whisk the cream cheese and butter, then add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and spices, and blend until smooth
• Unroll cake, brush Broadslab Distillery "Carolina Coast Spiced Rum" on the cake, and spread filling evenly over cake.
• Roll the cake back up cake, minus the towel
• Wrap roll in plastic wrap, and chill at least 2 hour.
• Optional: finish and present as per images here.

What To Be Careful Of
• Make sure jelly roll pan is well buttered. Make sure roll is well chilled before slicing.


Recommended Accompaniments
Front Porch Dreamy Vanilla Cream • "Since 1924, North Carolina’s Mooresville Ice Cream has been churning out ice cream from their creamery in downtown Mooresville, NC. Founders, B.A. Troutman and R.C. Millsaps, were true purists who believed that premium ice cream must be hand-crafted in smaller batches and made with the freshest cream and highest-quality ingredients"

Minimalist Baker’s Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream • "This ice cream reminds me of the chilled pumpkin pie my family makes for Thanksgiving. It’s perfectly sweet, loaded with creamy pumpkin puree, and subtly spiced. The combination of flavors and textures seriously melt in your mouth."

Recommended Beverages
Broadslab Distillery "Carolina Coast Spiced Rum" • "Carolina Coast Spiced Rum of Benson, North Carolina, harkens back to the days of the Rumrunners who historically frequented the Carolina coastline from which this molasses-based product got its name."

Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur • Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie is a creamy, incredibly smooth liqueur made with an enticing blend of pumpkin, brown sugar and nutmeg. This delicious drink is instantly reminiscent of homemade pumpkin pie.

Recommended Suppliers
Springhouse Farms • Springhouse Farm of Vilas, North Carolina grows fresh, quality produce using sustainable methods. Springhouse Farm sells only the freshest, most wholesome food and always says NO to GMOs!

Wise Acres Organic Pumpkins • Wise Acres is a family owned u-pick organic strawberry and pumpkin farm in Indian Trail, NC just outside of Charlotte. They are a USDA Certified Organic farm and grow the very best using only natural methods to ensure the healthiest and most delicious produce for family, friends and the environment.


History • Pumpkins, like other squash, are thought to have originated in North America. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BC, were found in Mexico. Pumpkins were once an important staple in the North American diet but by the late nineteenth century they were already symbols of a rural past. Their association with harvest time and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving reinforced this iconic role. The Great Pumpkin is a fictional holiday figure in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz that only Linus van Pelt seems to believe in. Every year, Linus sits in a pumpkin patch on Halloween night waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear. Invariably, the Great Pumpkin fails to turn up, and a humiliated but undefeated Linus vows to wait for him again the following Halloween.


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